New approach to air quality
6 February 2011
Following Steve Farrer's letter in the edition last week (27/01/11) I believe it is important to take a pro-active approach to the problem of air pollution in Redhill. The council have set up an Air Quality Management Area and have commissioned research, but surely there is no doubt that these emissions are coming from the traffic in Redhill Town Centre.
Both Reigate and Banstead and Surrey County Council have to address this issue urgently especially if plans for new superstores are given the go ahead in Redhill which will do nothing but add to our already congested streets.
We need a transport strategy that works for all and not just for car users. We need an improved bus and rail service, a sensible policy to car usage and we need to invest in cycling but most of all we need to be able to offer residents an affordable alternative to the car.
This is where our councils are letting residents down, the above-average level in nitrogen dioxide is yet again another sign that their policies are failing to deliver the public transport provision we need and the clean air we deserve.
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